September 08, 2008:Smt. Prabha Rau, Governor stressed upon focusing on female literacy which will benefit the society and added that this would lead to equality in terms of opportunities besides eradication of various social evils in the society. She was addressing the State level function jointly organised by State Literacy Mission Authority, Department of Adult Education, State Resource Centre H.P. and Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti to mark the International Literacy Day here today.Governor said that female literacy would build a healthy society as awareness levels would be higher and it could contribute towards eradicating social evils like female foeticide, domestic violence etc. She said that literacy would also bring about economic freedom to women and empower them in right perspective.
Smt. Prabha Rau lauded the State Government for its efforts towards increasing literacy rate in the State and added that the State was an example to the country due to the priority accorded to the education sector. She said that the enrollment rate of children in school in the State is highest in the country and added that literacy campaigns have contributed significantly to achieve this objective.
Governor said that literacy was the only solution to face future challenges, which should be taken upon priority to achieve true empowerment of rural masses in the present times and added that NGO’s could play an effective role in increasing literacy rate further.
Governor released documents on status of literacy in Himachal Pradesh and presented a set of books for launching library movement by Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti.Sh. P.C.Dhiman, Principal Secretary Education highlighted the achievements in education sector.
Sh. Deepak Sanan, Principal Secretary Health delivered a lecture on "Literacy is the Best Remedy".Dr. Sunil Chaudhary, Director Adult Education-cum-Member Secretary State Literacy Mission Authority welcomed the Governor.
Dr. Kuldip Singh Tanwar,President Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti detailed about the historical background of literacy movement in Himachal Pradesh.Prof. Mohinder Kumar Sharma, Chairman, State Resource Centre Shimla proposed vote of thanks.